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Fender has improved the classic resonator sound by adding a cutaway for easy-access and by installing a...
Fender is well-known for popularizing the electric guitar, practically inventing the bass guitar and even revolutionizing amplifiers and effects... and they weren't about to stop there. If you like to play an instrument that's timeless and down-to-earth, then you've come to the right place to see what else they can do. Fender folk & traditional instruments are just as well-made as their mainstream products, with an impressive mixture of classic craftsmanship and the unmistakeable Fender touch.
The right place to begin looking through these instruments is naturally going to depend on how and what you like to play. Are you a bluegrass picker? If so, direct your attention to Fender's resonator guitars and banjos. There's something here for everyone, from the beginner-friendly FB 300 Banjo Pack to the versatile Reso-Tele Acoustic-Electric Resonator Guitar and the absolutely gorgeous Robert Schmidt Signature Plectrum Banjo.
In fact, Robert Schmidt is a rather versatile musician, and his endorsement is a nice segue into another instrument: the mandolin. Fender makes one of these with his signature as well, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Whether you like A-style, F-style, acoustic or acoustic-electric, it's here. But if you want a mandolin that's really unique, you should check out the Mando-Strat models. Fusing the traditional mandolin together with the iconic Stratocaster, they're like nothing else on the market.
Another folk instrument that belongs in a class all its own is the ukulele, and Fender has no shortage of these, either. You'll find all the most popular body styles here, including tenor, concert and soprano ukuleles. The star of the roster is probably the Pa ina All-Solid Mahogany Acoustic-Electric Tenor Ukulele. Not only does this uke produce beautiful sound thanks to its exclusively mahogany construction, but it also has pickups built in so you can plug it right into an amp.
Some people might make the mistake of thinking that folk and traditional instruments are simple things, but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, with their incredible cultural backgrounds, the standards for these kinds of instruments are even higher than the norm. Fortunately, Fender has completely nailed that, and anything in this section, from the simplest harmonica to the most finely-crafted F-style mandolin, is an absolutely worthy instrument to add to your collection.